The GOP wants to kill Obama-era climate plan
A Senate GOP leadership aide told POLITICO the GOP will vote next week to kill a key provision of President Donald Trump’s climate policy.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R,Alaska) will introduce legislation in the coming days to scrap the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan.
The move would require the Trump administration to cut carbon pollution by 30 percent by 2025 from 1990 levels.
That would come at a cost of $6.6 trillion.
Senators have been debating whether to keep the plan, which was created in the aftermath of the 2009 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, or kill it altogether.
The White House says it would continue to take action to fight climate change, while lawmakers want to end the regulation and let the country move forward on other important issues.
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The Clean Power plan would set federal carbon pollution limits at what is considered safe for human health and the environment.
It would also give states more flexibility to manage their own emissions, and give businesses more flexibility in reducing pollution.
Republicans argue the rule will increase U.S. emissions and harm jobs, and the plan has not kept pace with climate change.